Here at Horsley, our passion for fashion means we appreciate everything to do with the industry - including its fascinating history. In the first of our Throwback Thursday blog series, we are taking a look at one of our favourite periods - the 1920s.
The 20’s led the way to a fashion revolution. The ladies of the day abandoned restricting fashions of past years and embraced a whole new range of ‘risque’ items.
As women entered the workforce and earned the right to vote after world war one, fashion trends became more accessible, masculine, and practical. Many women bid farewell to the constrictive corsets they wore and so the iconic era of the Flapper dress began. The flapper dress was functional and flattened the bust line rather than accentuating it. An iconic piece we are so familiar with.
Fashion shone with sophistication. Working women adopted a more modern look that suited their new, technologically-focused careers and cut their hair into the classic bob we know so well.
Low-waisted dresses with fullness at the hemline allowed women to literally kick up their heels in new dances like the Charleston. In 1925, ‘shift’ type dresses with no waistline emerged and at the end of the decade, dresses were being worn with straight bodices and collars. It was a period of inspiration and experimentation!
For the first time in centuries, women's legs were seen with hemlines rising to the knee. How very risque! In fact, Coco Chanel was one of the first women to wear trousers, cut her hair and reject the corset.These radical changes proved to be a defining moment in the fashion industry. Did you know that we have a connection with Chanel? Well, sort of! The tweed manufacturer Linton Tweeds in Carlisle create the beautiful tweeds that Chanel use, and have done since the word go, in the 20s. Our Novak Jacket is made of Linton tweed too!
Our team here at Horsley certainly agree the 20’s was a period of inspiration, and won’t be forgotten any time soon!